The world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Gower‘s Confession Amans. Written in Middle English, this powerful epic chronicles the journeys of the heart undertaken by the afflicted lover: who is simultaneously the narrator and central figure of the poem.
Tormented by Venus, the lover turns to a trusted confessor for wise counsel and guidance. From the confessor he receives an entertaining discourse on virtue and wisdom: lavishly illustrated by frequent recourse to stories of the lives and exploits of history’s best-loved heroes and heroines.
- How can even the wisest counselor pierce the intricacies that comprise the tangled web surrounding a lover’s heart?
- Can the lover escape his certain destruction in the all-consuming flames of Venus? Or will he remain forever chained in his servile, emotional bondage?
Want to know more?
- Read Brodie’s (partial) online verse translation here. (The translation is helpfully provided in parallel with the original Middle English text.)